Five Best Books on Walking

From a Wall Street Journal story headlined “Five Best Books on Walking”:

Selected by David Guterson, the author of Snow Falling on Cedars and, most recently, The Final Case.

By Rebecca Solnit (2000)

1. In her acknowledgments for “Wanderlust,” Rebecca Solnit points out that “walking has a multitude of amateurs.” She isn’t one of them, as her book attests. While its subtitle describes it as a history of walking, “Wanderlust” is interested in far more than that. One of its subjects is “the pace of thoughts,” or the intimate relationship between thinking and walking; as it turns out, a host of deep cogitators and philosophers—Bentham, Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Mill, Wittgenstein—walked habitually as a spur to their work.

New York Times Critics Pick the Year’s Top Non-Fiction Books

From a New York Times story headlined “Times Critics’ Top Books of 2021”:

This was a remarkably rich and capacious year for nonfiction. While we all continued to grapple with urgent developing news about the coronavirus, climate change and global politics, authors widened the aperture, publishing books on a dizzying number of subjects: the history of Black artists in the film industry; an American woman who joined the Nazi resistance in Germany; midcentury creative ferment in New York City; the groundbreaking mathematician Kurt Gödel; the playwright Tom Stoppard. Other books told the stories of an 18th-century Irish poem, the “first civil rights movement,” one modest cotton sack that reflects the immense trauma of slavery. We read about gay nightlife and Juneteenth and Watergate, and all of this doesn’t nearly cover the entire list.